Due to the lack of awareness and damaging stigma attached to mental health I wanted to start a blog where people can reach out and share their stories, a safe place to talk and/or ask for help anonymously. I’m a person with lived experience and I know what it feels like to have lost all hope, feel alone, and that no one understands, not to mention the judgement and isolation that comes with having a mental health illness. There was a time in my life when I lost all hope and felt so alone that I couldn’t handle the pain. I describe the pain as if I was on the top of a burning building with no way out and I only had two options–do I stay and burn to my death or do I jump?!
I know the pain and suffering all to well that it almost ended my life many times. The bravest thing I have ever done is be alive today!….To share my story, reach out to others, and to let people know “You Are Not Alone”. Help is possible. I am a Peer who understands the pain, desperation, shame, helplessness, hopelessness, and fear from stigma and judgment. I’m a passionate advocate and independent Peer Specialist Crisis and Community Contact. I’m also a Independent Community Contact that NAMI Virginia knows and trusts to refer callers to who are in need of empathy, support, resources, referrals, and local guidance for the NRV (New River Valley). I will help the best way I know possible and in a way that best fits each individual’s needs. The first step to change is wanting it. Let’s keep talking, don’t hold it in anymore. I promise You Are Not Alone! Mental health does not have a zip code, nor does it discriminate!